Maine couple lose $240,000 in contest scam


RANDOLPH, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating a scam that duped a central Maine couple out of $240,000.

Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty said Monday that a Bank of America branch contacted his office over concerns about a husband and wife from Randolph who had made a number of large withdrawals.

Liberty said the couple, who are 67 and 70 years old, told detectives they had been contacted by mail and phone by a man who said they had won a $5.5 million contest, but would need to pay processing fees.

Believing they had won the prize, the couple withdrew retirement funds, emptied their savings and maxed out nine credit cards in making 22 payments.

Liberty said funds were mailed to addresses in Florida, New York, Georgia and Iowa and then transferred to Jamaica.